Configure Netbeans IDE for C/C++ (Windows)

Linux can compile C/C++ with Netbeans out of the box, as long as you have the compiler installed (like gcc and g++).

Usually the following commands are enough:

sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install valgrind

In Windows you have to do this manually:

  1. From
    1. Download mingw
    2. Install it to the suggested (default) directory. If you want to use a custom directory, make sure the selected path does not contain spaces or other special characters (like greek letters etc)
    3. From the Mingw Installation manager, click and install at least the following packages:
      1. mingw-developer-toolkit
      2. mingw32-base
      3. msys-base
      4. mingw32-gcc-g++
  2. Press winkey+pause to load Windows Settings Manager. At Advanced system settings →Advanced→environment variables:
    1. Add the following text at the end of the PATH environment variable (not user variable):
  1. At Netbeans→Tools→Plugins:
    1. check C/C++ feature and activate it
  2. Create a new C++ project and run it:
    1. From the “Resolve Missing native tools” just click “Restore defaults”. It should autodetect the settings. If it fails there is a sample configuration at the end of the post.
  3. Restart Netbeans
  4. Preferably, logout and login too.

If you have problem configuring Mingw, here is a sample of a handy configuration (mingw at default directory):